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Old 08-13-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Need guidance on a rust issue

I own a 2012 focus SE, I love it. My girlfriend has a 2004 ZTW wagon. She just had some repairs done and the mechanic told her that the rockers on the drivers side were rusting out and the car had less than a year to live. He said if he'd placed the lift a little farther forward it would have broken the car in half ( doubt it myself). I looked at the rockers and they are rotted but the rust goes further towards the frame. My question, is it worth fixing or can it even BE fixed. Sorry I have no pictures.


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Old 08-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Can't really fix rust. I would just run it until it dies. As long as the frame itself doesn't have holes in it you should be just fine. Rust in the body panels isn't going to affect the drivability or anything.
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I just talked to her, she said the mechanic claimed that the rust was just starting to get to the frame, let it die? Or get it fixed?
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Let it die not worth fixing
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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Run it until it dies. If it's in the frame there's nothing you can do besides cutting out the rust and welding in new steel.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #6
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Not worth fixing but maybe worth slowing with some sanding and rust converter and underbody coating. You should be able to get more than just one year with all that.
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Damn that sucks. Thats why I'm glad I live in Louisiana, dont have all that salt. At least I can combat the humidity with a little paint. I cant imagine an 04 that is about rusted out already. That just blows my mind
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Run it till it dies. My first Focus had severe rust when I sold it but it's still running strong 4 years later. The rocker panels really don't do much to hold the car together so that rust isn't much of an issue with "splitting in half" and I'd highly doubt that the frame is rusting out. If your worried about the safety of the car, I'd suggesting getting a second opinion.
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There is no "frame" on this car. Frames for the most part went away years ago except for big suvs and trucks. The rocker panels are an integral part of the body and provide structural support. A hole rusted through will not substantially waken the car, unless it gets big and consumes a lot of the rocker. If it's just surface rust, no problem. To fix it properly would probably cost more than the car's worth
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